A chain of radars, AIS to block sea route for terrorists

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 14:18

Panaji: A chain of radars and Automatic
Identification System (AIS) would be deployed along the coast
by next year to block the sea route for terrorists, a top
official said.

"To tighten the security and ensure that no attempts are
made by terrorists to use the sea route, the Indian Coast
Guard has been given responsibility along with Director
General Light Houses for establishing a chain of radars and
Automatic Identification System along the coast," Vice Admiral
Sanjeev Bhasin, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (Western
Naval Command) told reporters here.
Talking to media on the sidelines of a function at Vasco
this morning, he said the country has a long coastline and it
is not possible for state governments, customs and immigration
authorities to guard the coast.

Bhasin said the Coast Guard and marine police would
expedite the pending orders for the ships in various
shipyards. "By 2010, the defence forces would get large number
of ships which were ordered four to five years ago," he said.
Talking about the high seas piracy, he said the threat is
becoming very complicated. "If you remember few years ago, the
only piracy was in the Malacca Straits. Now the threat has
suddenly emerged in the Gulf of Aden and in the vicinity of
Somalia where large number of ships from different nations are
operating," Bhasin said.

He said the Indian Navy has been continuously on vigil in
this stretch to ensure safety of the ships.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 14:18

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